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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI

Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Diversified Electronics in the sector of Technology. Based in USA, Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI  has a market cap of 11307.13. Since its IPO date on the 12/3/2001, Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI performance year to date is 8.64%. Today Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI has gained -3.48%, with a current price of 253.58.

Ownership of the company is 0.90% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 97.00%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 8.40%. Return of assets are at 10.40%, with return on investment at 14.90%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.22. While Total debt/equity is 0.22. With a profit margin of 8.60%, this is combined with a gross margin of 43.40%, and operating margin of 14.50%. Acuity Brands, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 2, while the quick ratio is 1.5.

For the last year Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI has seen a EPS growth of 25.80%. A performance for the year of 31.34%. The 52-week high is -9.72%, and the 52-week low is 50.99%. The average volume for Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI is 448900.

With a target price of 282.13, can Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of Acuity Brands, Inc., AYI. Acuity Brands, Inc. has a P/E of 41.38 and a forward P/E of 26.03. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 2.12. Acuity Brands, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 3.62 and 6.95 respectively. For P/cash, Acuity Brands, Inc. has a value of 33.55, while it is 41 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 253.58, Acuity Brands, Inc. has a dividend yield of 0.21%. We see a return on equity of 18.20%.

Looking more long-term Acuity Brands, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 19.50%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 21.57% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 25.80% for this year and for the last five years a 23.20% growth has been seen.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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